Yes, I think this is true for a number of Middle Eastern countries inclusive of the ones on the Asian continent. I have relatives and ancestors from Iraq, among other places, and I've heard the same things you have but with different words or phrases. The members in our family call the 'frizzy-haired' females in the family 'e najji rubba,' which is a back-handed compliment about hair texture and meant to convey that our hair is hopeless at some level...

I cringe every time my daughter straightens her hair, but I"ve done the same thing...

Thanks! I loved reading this: so familiar!

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